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The Intercept - June 11, 2021

THIS PAST WEEK’S feeding frenzy on Minnesota Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar — including by the Democratic leadership of the House of Representatives — should cause despair among anyone holding on to a faint hope that powerful Americans can discuss the world without engaging in childish lies.

It all began with an hourslong hearing Monday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee with the snoozy title “State Department Foreign Policy Strategy and Fiscal 2022 Budget Request.” Secretary of State Antony Blinken took queries from committee members, including Omar.

Omar had a serious, rational question for Blinken about the significance of America’s policy toward the International Criminal Court at the Hague. “You opposed the court’s investigation in both Palestine and in Afghanistan,” she noted. “In both of these cases, if domestic courts can’t or won’t pursue justice, and we oppose the ICC, where do we think victims are supposed to go for justice, and what justice mechanisms do you support for them?”

Blinken had an unserious, irrational answer. “Whether it’s the United States or Israel,” he said, “we both have the mechanisms to make sure that there is accountability in any situations where there are concerns about the use of force and human rights.” This is insultingly false on its face. To choose one of hundreds of examples, there has been no American prosecution of those responsible for conducting torture during the Bush administration. Even more importantly, former President George W. Bush himself launched an aggressive war against Iraq and now spends his days happily giving speeches to the National Grocers Association and hanging out with former President Barack and first lady Michelle Obama. ...
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